Horner backs Kvyat to bounce back

Date published: April 5 2016 - Editor

After starting the Bahrain Grand Prix in 15th position, Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat made a respectable recovery to finish in 7th place, which earned him praise from team boss Christian Horner.

Despite rumours of promoting Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen to Red Bull and dropping Kvyat down to their sister team, Horner has backed the Russian to get his season underway after his impressive performance in the desert.

"It was a good performance from him,” the Red Bull team boss told Russia's Sportbox.

"I think this race will completely restore his confidence, if there was something not right with that. He was strong in every area. I think everything will be fine.

Horner also added that the 21-year-old's dreadful qualifying session, where he was the first to be eliminated in Q2, was not entirely his fault.

"We still need to fully understand what happened in qualifying, but it’s 90 per cent that it had something to do with the tyre temperature," he explained.